Simon Ray, Chair

After studies at Oxford and teaching in Ghana and the UK, Simon has spent a career working in international development. He has directed UK Department for International Development (DFID) programmes in Africa and Eastern Europe, working with governments, civil society, multilateral institutions and other donors.  Over the years, he has helped to develop systems for improved project design, management and assessment and led the launch of the UK Government’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2003. Simon has worked in the European Commission in Brussels and was, most recently, on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international financial institution that supports projects from central Europe to Central Asia. 


Olga Dzhumaeva

Olga joined HealthProm in 2019. She has over 20 years of senior professional experience with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in different settings, roles and countries.  These include Head of Office of the IFRC in Turkmenistan; Head of Region in the British Red Cross covering Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus, Mongolia and Afghanistan; Head of the IFRC Delegation in Kyrgyzstan; and Head of the IFRC team in Ukraine. In 2013, she joined the IFRC Regional Office for Europe in Budapest as an Advisor in the area of strengthening financial sustainability of national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies through building domestic resource mobilisation programmes.  She has been in her current role as Head of Partnerships and Resource Development covering Europe and Central Asia since 2015. In addition to her expertise in resource development and mobilisation, Ms Dzhumaeva also has strong experience of managing large operations and programmes in areas such as tuberculosis prevention and control, HIV prevention, the needs of older people, women and children and complex disaster response.


Richard Holland

Richard joined HealthProm as a Trustee in January 2019. As a solicitor working in the Charities & Social Enterprises team at law firm Winckworth Sherwood LLP, Richard helps ensure HealthProm operates on a sound legal footing.  A former British Army lawyer, Richard also previously worked with Save the Children International, helping to provide legal support to their operations throughout Africa.  He is excited to join HealthProm at a time of great challenges for the sector, and hopes to be able to help HealthProm achieve its goals and fulfil its mission.



Dr Andrew Howe

Andrew started his career as a hospital doctor and General Practitioner. After working for a charity in Afghanistan, he entered into the UK public health system where he has worked as a Director of Public Health in the NHS and in Local Government both in the North West of England and in London.  For the last 20 years, as an advocate of population health and wellbeing, Andrew has been leading teams across organisations where the focus of the work has been on the strategic development and delivery of preventative health services and emergency planning.



Gary Lawson

Gary joined HealthProm as a Trustee in 2017.  He currently researches the political sociology of reproductive healthcare in contemporary Russia at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Research University- Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Before returning to academia, he worked in financial services and healthcare where he held a number of positions, including European Treasurer of Morgan Stanley's securities division and COO of WomanCare Global, a social enterprise focused on reproductive healthcare. He holds a BA (hons) from SOAS, University of London, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and an MA in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.


Dr Joseph Long

Joe has a professional background in academic research and university teaching, having previously worked as a social care practitioner and manager. He is currently Research Manager for Scottish Autism where he is leading a number of collaborative projects focused on improving support practice. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Associate Editor of the journal Good Autism Practice. A social anthropologist by discipline, Joe has a longstanding interest in Russia and Inner Asia. He spent several years undertaking field research in Southern Siberia, working mainly within indigenous Buryat communities. He studied at Hull, Cambridge, and Indiana before earning his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2010. He was subsequently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and has taught at the Universities of Tuebingen and Halle-Wittenburg.



Zubair Popalzai

Co-opted as a Trustee in 2019, Zubair is a research and programme management professional with 20 years of experience in international development impacting the performance of diverse organisations in collaboration with government entities, top leaders, and key partners. He has worked for the United Nations, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), BBC Monitoring and the Government of Afghanistan among others. In Afghanistan, he has been a key contributor to the coordination and effectiveness of international aid, the strengthening of national budget processes and public finance management, sub-national governance and the promotion of representative democracy. Zubair’s research interests are centred on the analysis of policy intervention in the international arena, governance, the promotion and management of resilience, and the politics of public health. He currently works as a consultant for BBC Monitoring and as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies, a think tank based in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Dan Tickle

Dan has worked across the voluntary sector in a range of communications and management roles including at Mencap, The Blue Cross, the National Deaf Children’s Society and, most recently, as Chief Executive of the charity No Smoking Day. He is currently the Director of Communications and Emergency Response for SPANA, where he has built a new department which has significantly increased the profile of the charity through media relations, digital communications and publications.


Olena Vinareva

Olena joined HealthProm as a Trustee in 2017.  She currently works in health policy research, managing a portfolio of projects supported by the UK Department of Health. She has extensive experience in international development, human rights and education and previously worked at the Open Society Foundations. There she managed a portfolio of projects aimed at strengthening universities and NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caucasus, USA and the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Kiev National Linguistic University and an MA in Social Justice and Education from the Institute of Education, University College London. 


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